Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Dies

5 May 2012 | 7:42 am | Staff Writer

Founding Beastie Boy dies, age 47.

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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch - known as MCA - has died, age 47, after a long battle with cancer.

The LA Times reported that a representative of the world renown NY hip hop trio confirmed that Yauch "passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer."

Along with partners Mike D (Mike Diamond) and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), Yauch transformed hip hop with their 1986 album Licensed To Ill. They continued developing their sound from party hop anthems to mature funk explorations with a string of albums from Paul's Boutique (1989) to the most recent Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2 (2011).

In April, the band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - an ailing Yauch was unable to attend the ceremony.

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Away from the band, Yauch, a practising Buddhist, helped raise awareness for the Tibetan independence movement.

Yauch also co-founded Oscilloscope Pictures, which released the films Burma VJ and, the recent critics' favourite, We Need To Talk About Kevin.


Tributes to Adam Yauch are being teweeted from hip hop and other music industry friends, fans and associates - movie industry celebrities are also  honouring the hip hop artist. Even Anonymous have paid tribute.

Ghostface Killah: My condolences to Adam "MCA" Yauch Family & the Beastie Boys. My brothers & I felt that pain before as well. Sad Day.

Tom Morello: Rip dear Adam Yauch. Words can't express the sadness and loss. Ur humor, talent & gentle soul are just irreplacable. Be at peace brother.

Perry Farrell: Adam Yauch was a guy who brought happiness and energy to so many. That is why the news of his passing- is so stifling. Bon Voyage Adam

Justin Timberlake: Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. 

Q-Tip: RIP yauch and thank u mike and adam n adam 4 all of your help, the tours, the bball games, n great times. a humanitarian a tru friend

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino: Adam Yauch was an amazing artist and one of the nicest people I've ever met. His music was some of my favorite. Truly saddened. RIP MCA.

Lucious Jackson: To our brother in friendship and music Adam Yauch we will miss you deeply. Peace.

Common: God Bless the soul of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys. RIP

Ice T: TERRIBLE NEWS: MCA of the Beastie Boys has died at 47. Another very sad day in Hip Hop

Silversun Pickups: Awful. R I P Adam Yauch (MCA). End of an era. Gonna listen to a lot of paul's boutique and check yo head today. Sad sad sad..._b

DefJam Recordings: Man...that one hurts. Our prayers go out to Adam Yauch and his family. Rest Well.

Diplo: Mca Adam Yauch RIP... Im sittin in the former g son studios.. Flying the flag half mast today.... Rap/punk hero, philanthropist, legend

Billy Corgan: Sad news about Adam Yauch's passing,a man of dignity + spiritual conviction. I always had great respect for him in times we met and talked

The Strokes: our thoughts are with the family & friends of Adam Yauch. thanks for your inspiration both on the mic & off. 

Warpaint: RIP Adam Yauch. Nothing short of genius. Thank you.

Kevin Smith: RIP Adam Yauch. You made my teenage years more fun and your art made it easier for me to do what I do. For a Beastie, you sure were a beaut.

Jonah Hill: I'm filled with so much sorrow to hear about the world losing Adam Yauch. He was such a beautiful person and artist. My heart is broken

Ben Stiller: So sad that Adam Yauch is gone. A truly great musician & filmmaker. He stood for integrity as an artist. What a loss. He was a very good man

Jimmy Fallon: So sad to hear of the passing of Adam Yauch. He was a great performer, director, father, humanitarian and New Yorker.

Anonymous: Adam Yauch AKA MCA, peacefully restfully, sleeps in Brooklyn.

Dave Graney: so many tributes to #Adam Yauch/MCA. Touching that they got to so many people.RIP brother.

Bluejuice: Thank you MCA - we all owe you a lot (except for Stav, who was more in to Boyz 2 Men and Coolio).

Urthboy: Skateboards, ripped clothes, longnecks and Beastie Boys. Cheers for those years. RIP MCA.

Joelistics: RIP MCA. I am so fucking depressed. The Beastie Boys are one of the reasons I got in to rap. Today in the tour van we listen to beasties!

Chuck D: Adam &theBoys put us on our first tour 25 years&79 tours ago.They ARE essential to our beginning,middle and today.A very real cat R.I.P MCA

Hilltop Hoods: Rest in Peace MCA. Such a huge influence on the culture. So young. So very sad.

Gotye: Sad to hear of Adam Yauch's untimely passing.

Hermitude: RIP MCA. Sad news.

Weezer: We are so sorry to hear about the loss of the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch (MCA) a true legend & inspirational to everyone in weezers generation

Krist Novoselic: Adam Yauch #RIPMCA Thank you for Sabotage bass riff and many other great grooves. Adam also worked for justice and peace consciousness.


Boy George: Such sad news about Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. A fellow Buddhist and part of hip hop history!! R.I.P!

Vernon Reid: Last time I saw Adam Yauch, we were standing by the soundboard watching Andy Stackpole mix 1 of the last CBGB's Bad Brains shows. Cool dude.


Cut Copy: A true artist and gentleman. MCA.

Yeasayer: R.I.P MCA. A legend, an innovator... Listening to the B-Boys as a kid opened my eyes to a whole new world of music.

Ryan Adams: Dear Universe, Please take care of MCA. We wil miss him.

RZA: Its a deep physical lost to hip hop today. MCA. Wow. Thanks for the music bro. "Thru our seeds we all reach eternity" lyrics are like seeds.

Prince Paul: Am I hearing this correctly about MCA ? . one of the nicest , most talented dudes ever. .He's been nothing but kind to me. .. this hurts


Colin Hanks: The thing about MCA is that he taught me so much about how to look at much more than just some musician. He transcends everything

Chromeo: The Beastie Boys basically invented the concept of the cool white person. #RIPMCA

The Avalanches: Love and prayers to Dechen Tenzin Adam and Mike. Can't believe... RIP ADAM

DZ Deathrays: Tonight's show goes out to MCA. true party champion. RIP

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